The Redledge reminds me of first gen SF-issue Gore-Tex circa 1983-85. I don't remember who made it, but it was in an outrageous emerald green that pissed off 82nd First Sergeants and Sergeants Major whenever a relaxed grooming standards SF long hair in un-marked OG-107s, desert boots, outrageous web gear, and unidentifiable small arms rucked by.
A friend of mine who went on into the Army Acquisition Corps asked me about SF gear. I told him the magic equation was: it has to be incredibly useful, weigh nothing, pack up small, fold out big, and be in a color not found in Army Reg 670-1.
That would have been glorious to behold.
Did you have one of your 18D's use the opportunity to conduct some hip-pocket training?
"Gentlemen, take notice. Observe the classic symptoms of a stroke. Trembling in the limbs, quivering facial features, inability to form coherent speech patterns. Yes, classic cerebrovascular incident."